Mental Health

  • Adolescents and sleep, or the lack thereof

    on May 22nd, 2017
    Every parent will attest that bright-eyed children grow into sleepy adolescents, and the science confirms their observations. There are multiple factors that prevent adolescents from getting the sleep they need, and inadequate sleep has serious consequences – from impaired learning to depressive s[...]
  • Results prove lasting from iCBT in mild to moderate depression

    on May 22nd, 2017
    AT APA SAN DIEGO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CPT) interventions delivered online are effective in reducing symptoms of mild to moderate depression in adults, according to results presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The findings, pre[...]
  • ADHD medication may lower risk of motor vehicle crashes

    on May 19th, 2017
    FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY Men with ADHD had a 38% lower risk of motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) when receiving ADHD medication, compared with months off medication. Women had a 42% lower risk, according to the results of a U.S. study. Estimates suggested that up to 22% of MVCs in patients with ADHD could ha[...]
  • Dual-task walking test may be effective dementia predictor

    on May 18th, 2017
    FROM JAMA NEUROLOGY Poor performance in dual-task gait testing was significantly associated with dementia progression in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a small prospective study. The dementia prediction model could provide clinicians with a minimally invasive, low-cost a[...]
  • Marijuana-related visits to Colorado ED steadily increasing

    on May 18th, 2017
    FROM PAS 2017 SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Visits to the emergency department and urgent care by adolescents using marijuana in Colorado increased from 2005 to 2015, a retrospective study showed. The state legalized medical marijuana use in 2000 and recreational marijuana use in 2014. [...]
  • Nausea with pediatric functional abdominal pain may mean depression, anxiety

    on May 17th, 2017
    FROM CLINICAL GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY Nausea appears to be an independent risk factor for current and future anxiety and depression in children with functional abdominal pain (FAP), reported Alexandra C. Russell, MD, and her associates at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. In a study of 398 c[...]
  • Illness-induced PTSD is common, understudied

    on May 17th, 2017
    AT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION CONFERENCE 2017 SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms triggered by a life-threatening medical illness differ from the more common PTSD, the source of which is an external trauma such as an assault or natural disaster, according to[...]
  • Depressed OA patients get far-reaching benefits from Internet-delivered CBT

    on May 15th, 2017
    FROM ARTHRITIS CARE & RESEARCH Cognitive behavioral therapy administered online can effectively treat symptoms of depression in older people with knee osteoarthritis, according to results from the first randomized trial of its kind. The benefits of the 10-week program extended to improving pain,[...]
  • Digital transference: New dangers in a new world

    on May 15th, 2017
    We are in a new age of psychiatric practice caught in the wider shift from an industrial to a technology-based society. Although this transformation has been occurring over the past half-century, the last decade has seen a rapid acceleration driven by mobile phones, social networking, and the Intern[...]
  • Idle hands

    on May 12th, 2017
    If you consider yourself a busy pediatrician and haven’t seen a Fidget Spinner, you are either a neonatologist or have been on maternity leave for the last 3 months. Because I no longer see patients, my introduction to Fidget Spinners came via my 10-year-old grandson, Peter. Last week, I was taske[...]
  • Racial, ethnic differences exist ADHD treatment of Medicaid-enrolled youth

    on May 11th, 2017
    FROM PEDIATRICS ADHD medication persistence and adherence are lower among African American and Hispanic children than white children who are enrolled in Medicaid, reported Janet R. Cummings, PhD, and her associates at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta. Data came from t[...]
  • FDA: Fluoroquinolone use not linked to retina detachment, aortic problems

    on May 11th, 2017
    The Food and Drug Administration has found no evidence of a link between fluoroquinolone usage and retinal detachment or aortic aneurysm and dissection, according to a new Drug Safety Communication update on potential serious, disabling side effects of oral and injectable fluoroquinolone antibiotics[...]
  • Children exposed to violence show accelerated cellular aging

    on May 11th, 2017
    AT THE ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION CONFERENCE 2017 SAN FRANCISCO (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Children exposed to high levels of urban violence demonstrate accelerated cellular aging beyond their chronologic years, Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD, reported at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression[...]
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